One of the more laidback resorts in Turkey’s Bodrum area, this town has a peaceful, unspoilt beach, a scenic harbour, and is surrounded by woodland. While there’s plenty of opportunity to relax, Bitez is anything but boring. The beach also hosts lots of watersports, while there’s a selection of restaurants with delicious traditional dishes, as well as boat trips for adventures further afield.
Temperatures in the summer average around 30°C, making it an ideal destination for anyone wanting to escape the unreliable British weather for some much-needed sunshine. But Bitez would also be ideal for a winter getaway too, with mild weather and the thermometer rarely dipping below 10°C. While you might not fancy a chilly dip in the sea, the woodland and nearby areas are all prime for exploring at any time of year, so there’ll still be plenty to do and see. Whenever you decide to visit, this quiet Turkish town promises an idyllic, peaceful change from the fast pace of working life.
While the relaxing pace of Bitez can be just what you need to unwind, you might find yourself hankering for something a little livelier. In this case, the nearby town of Gumbet is a safe bet. Another great destination for watersports and long sandy beaches, there’s loads of choice when it comes to food and watering holes. You can eat your way around the world at the wide selection of restaurants, and in the evening you’ll see the town really come alive as its bars and clubs really get going. Gumbet is perfect for both families and younger crowds.
A little off the beaten track, Akyarlar is often overlooked, so it’s the place to go if you’re looking for something a little different from the usual tourist attractions. It’s an ideal spot to see what really goes on in the life of an authentic Turkish fishing village. The secluded bay is likely to be much quieter than other destinations, so you can try out the restaurants and cafes, before sunbathing in peace. There’s also a jetty, where boats depart on tours to nearby islands and other towns further along the coast.
The port town of Bodrum more than makes up for its lack of beaches, as it offers buzzing nightlife, culture, history and shopping – an eclectic mix that’s sure to suit any visitor. You can spend your day looking at the ruins of the Castle of the Knights of St. John, bag a Turkish bargain at one of the shops and have a traditional mezze meal at a portside restaurant. All of this before dancing along to the tunes in one of the clubs on the seafront.
Try Your Hand at Watersports
Bitez Bay’s crescent-shaped means it’s an ideal spot for windsurfing and experienced instructors can be found on the beach. Also on offer are parasailing, banana boating and many more exciting watersports. Beginners are advised to head out in the morning when the sea is at its calmest; if you’re a more experienced thrill-seeker, the waves pick up in the afternoon.
Take a Boat Tour
One way to see the coast and glittering sea in all its glory is by boat. The harbour in Bitez is a popular embarkation point for several boat tours and trips – whether you want to bob around the bay or go and explore somewhere new, there’s lots of options.
Go on a Camel Ride
Just a 15-minute drive away from Bitez is the nearby Kargi Bay, otherwise known as Camel Beach. As you might have guessed, it’s here that you can experience a camel ride across the shore. This will certainly liven up the beach experience for anyone who’s bored of sunbathing.
Explore Ancient Ruins
Walking around historic sites on dry land is one thing, but in Gumusluk, about a 30-minute drive away, the sites of the Myndos ruins really worth seeing are found underwater. While undoubtedly suited to more adventurous types, you don’t need to be a scuba diving pro to see it; just grab a snorkel and dive in.
Fusing tastes from the Mediterranean and the Middle East, Turkish cuisine is big on flavour and focuses on tender meat and fresh fruit and vegetables. While there are delicious flatbreads and pastries, much of the Turkish diet is quite light and healthy, so you can feel free to try everything without any guilt!
Restaurants in Bitez
Being situated on the coast, seafood is a prominent feature in the town’s restaurants. An excellent chance to try some traditional Turkish dishes, Black Cat restaurant, which is amusingly decorated with children’s pictures of cats, serves a delicious ‘ozel’ dish which contains lots of succulent aubergines, meat and yoghurt.
With so many things to do and see, everyone will enjoy a trip to Bitez. If you’re being put off by the thought of all the hassle involved in booking, just turn to easyJet holidays. Dedicated to making your getaway as stress-free as possible, you can book your flight and hotel at the same time – so all that’s left for you to do is dream about all the place you’re going to go… and pack! Whether you want to visit somewhere to relax, sample a different and interesting culture, or just want to keep the whole family occupied with something new, Bitez has it all. What’s more, there’s plenty going on in the rest of Turkey’s Bodrum area – just have a read of our other destination guides to find out more. We’re sure you’ll be tempted!